Halos and Cuties are the top two brands of mandarins increasingly catching the eyes and palates of grocery shoppers in the last few years. Smartly marketed they’re proving competitive to apples and other fruits.
David Granatstein has spent a career looking at alternative ways of farming always with the intent of lessening its impact on the environment. He says his greatest contribution has been helpin…
OLYMPIA — For at least three years, Washington farmers won't pay new state fees to hire foreign farmworkers, but could be charged as much as $75 per H-2A worker beginning in 2022, under a plan…
A bill to improve water management and supply in the Yakima Basin passed the U.S. Senate, Feb. 12, less than a week after a companion bill was introduced in the House.
A Washington tree fruit company sold for at least $288 million, maybe more, in a deal with a Canadian teacher’s pension fund.
Companies could produce fewer than 100,000 gallons of cider on Oregon farmland without locating near orchards under a bill that’s drawn fire for potentially disrupting agriculture.
The U.S. Apple Association is one of 46 groups backing USMCA and wanting the administration to end tariffs. A California Farm Bureau Federation official is unaware of any big agriculture push …
Given the small size of the 2018 Washington apple crop, wholesale prices should be better, a leading marketer says. Price negotiations and reduced exports are to blame, he says.
Idaho becomes bigger contributor to U.S. hop industry
An upcoming proposed rule change would allow employers of H-2A-visa foreign guestworkers to recruit domestic workers for the first 30 days instead of the first half of their use of H-2A workers.
A company in Bakersfield, Calif., says it has developed a new large-fruit cherry that would be excellent for replacing Chelan as an early variety in the Pacific Northwest.
If the U.S. and China can resolve big-ticket trade issues by next month, the breakthrough could benefit U.S. fresh blueberry exports, according to a trade expert.
The USDA has awarded $200 million to 57 commodity groups across the country for export promotions to help offset damage from retaliatory tariffs. Soybeans received the most. The Washington App…
Cherry growers from nine countries are meeting to talk about combining funding for research on health benefits of cherries for uniform messaging.
TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Winegrowers in southern Oregon faced financial ruin after a California winemaker claimed wildfire smoke tainted their grapes and refused to buy them. Now, the rejected frui…
A federal judge heard arguments regarding returning the minimum wage for H-2A-visa foreign guestworkers to 2018 levels but it may be days or weeks before he rules.
The Washington State University Board of Regents has approved up to $10.1 million for marketing the university’s new Cosmic Crisp apple over several years. The money will come from royalties o…
The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission has supported the tree fruit industry for 50 years. Staffer notes accomplishments.
Scientists at Washington State University say woody plant cellulose nanocrystals look promising for protecting tree fruit buds from frost damage.
WAPATO, Wash. — A North Carolina agricultural investment firm has confirmed it has purchased three Washington state fruit companies.
Mike Willett, a peach picker 50 years ago who retires as an industry leader this summer, was chosen cherry king of the year by Northwest Cherry Growers.
Oregon hazelnut industry officials are pushing for greater markets in the U.S., especially as the number of mature orchards is expected to double in the next three to four years.
Diamond Fruit Growers of Hood River, Ore., hopes to debut Gem, a new pear variety, in limited volume in grocery stores next fall.
While vastly outspent in domestic promotions by other produce like mandarins, grapes and avocados, Pear Bureau Northwest is reaching millennials with digital coupons, social media and partneri…
A much larger pear crop, more competition and loss of the China market have all caused Washington pear prices to drop significantly so far in this sales year.
The estimated loss of Pacific Northwest cherry exports to China in 2018, due to Chinese tariffs, has been revised upward to $106 million. An industry leader fears more loss this year.
SALEM — Oregon lawmakers will consider several proposals during the 2019 Legislature to protect the state's $5.6 billion wine industry, including a measure aimed at preventing out-of-state win…
A U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., has set Jan. 28 to hear arguments on a preliminary injunction to halt increases in the minimum wage for agricultural foreign guestworkers.
Washington apple crops sales and prices remain steady and good but would be better, one economist says, if exports were not hampered by tariffs.
A judge denied a temporary restraining order to stop huge increases in the minimum wage for agricultural foreign guestworkers but will consider a preliminary injunction to do the same.
Costs and competition continue to squeeze the Washington tree fruit industry. Companies are being sold or dissolved. One former company president predicts the state will have fewer than 10 pac…
A Washington apple processor is accused of violating the Clean Water Act by discharging stormwater with excess levels of pollutants into a Columbia River tributary.
Washington snowpack starts the year a bit below normal and warmer and drier than normal weather is expected. But key officials say it’s too early to be concerned.
A company helping Washington State University manage commercialization of its new Cosmic Crisp apple next fall has withdrawn litigation, clearing the way for WSU regents to authorize promotion…
The American Farm Bureau Federation says online advertising for domestic workers could cost H-2A guestworker employers more than print advertising.
A lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor to stop increases in the minimum wage for H-2A-visa foreign guestworkers will be filed by the National Council of Agricultural Employers.
An agricultural economist with a China background says China wants to control the world and while inferior economically can outlast the U.S. politically in the trade war.
All 600 Mexican nationals who picked blueberries in 2017 for a Washington farm can be represented in a lawsuit alleging workers were mistreated, a federal judge ruled Dec. 20.
Legislative and administrative avenues for Adverse Effect Wage Rate relief are apparently exhausted, but the National Council of Agricultural Employers said it is not finished looking for options.
While U.S. hop production is a record high, the industry hopes consumption stays at a pace to avoid oversupply and a big drop in prices.
The U.S. House has passed a bill to move federal irrigation assets to the Kennewick Irrigation District. It is unknown if it will pass the Senate in the next few days or have to be reintroduce…
Washington State University has hired its first endowed chair in tree fruit postharvest systems. Carolina Torres is a WSU alumna working in Chile.
A major Washington tree fruit cooperative announces the succession of its chief executive officer, effective at the start of the new year.
The National Council of Agricultural Employers is still working to keep the minimum wage for H-2A-visa foreign guestworkers from increasing next year but time for congressional action is running out.
A longtime apple market analyst is concerned about consumer acceptance, pricing and the management model of Washington’s new Cosmic Crisp apple to arrive in stores next fall. Its manager says …
Dalton Thomas, retired president of Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers in Wenatchee, will be honored in May as Apple Citizen of the Year in the 100th annual Washington Apple Blossom Festival.
SALEM, Ore. — When Chris Sarles joined Oregon Fruit Products as CEO five years ago, the longtime West Salem, Ore., company was already looking to leave its original facility and move into a ne…
A small Washington tree fruit company, with a storied past and a rare business model, seeks to slowly expand its market niche while labor costs and other pressures have pushed companies of sim…
The Washington Apple Commission is seeking $10.7 million in additional overseas apple promotion money due to estimated damage from retaliatory tariffs.
The Middle East has been declining as a Washington apple export market and that’s accelerating because of increased competition from Europe and Turkey.
A small fresh crop in the nation’s leading apple state is sending prices up and exports down. Tariffs are also a problem for exports.
Growers were excited about nematodes being used to attack tree fruit pests. It was one of many pest-related presentations at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association annual meeting.
More than 100 agricultural groups, farms and businesses and the National Council of Agricultural Employers are asking Congress to stop large increases in the minimum wage for H-2A-visa foreign…
A bacteria, called fire blight, that kills apple and pear trees has been increasing the last three springs in Washington. Tree fruit growers spent a morning listening to experts on it. There a…
The president of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association says the industry needs new tactics in dealing with more leftist Legislature.